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"How far would you go to bring your child home?" Cohen Media Group has released an official US trailer for the French thriller My Son, originally titled Mon Garçon in French (which just translates to My Son). This premiered in 2017 in France, but is just now finally getting a theatrical release in the US starting in Los Angeles next month. Guillaume Canet plays a man in the midst of a failing marriage. One day he receives a distressing message from his ex-wife that their seven-year-old son has disappeared while at camp, which sends him on a dark path to find out the truth. Director Christian Carion "places long-time collaborator Guillaume Canet in unique shooting conditions to create this searing portrait of a man out of control, a father forced into violence by his desire to protect his son." This also stars Mélanie Laurent, Olivier de Benoist, and Mohamed Brikat. It's been a long wait for this to play in the US, but might've been worth it.
Get ready for the next Bong Joon-ho film! CJ Entertainment has debuted an official Korean trailer for Bong Joon-ho's next, a family drama titled Parasite. Don't be deceived, however, as there's definitely still some murder and mystery in this - it's not just a simple drama about a family. All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident. This stars Song Kang-ho (Bong's usual lead from Memories of Murder, The Host, Snowpiercer) with Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Jang Hye-jin, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, plus Park Seo-joon. We don't usually post international trailers without subtitles, but this is the new Bong Joon-ho film! Can't help it. He's one of my favorite filmmakers, and rumors are this will premiere in Cannes. Definitely worth a look.
Whoa! Toho Co. in Japan has debuted the first official trailer for a new Japanese 3D animated feature film titled Dragon Quest: Your Story, based on the popular video game series of the same name. For those in America, this game was released under the title Dragon Warrior, and the first version of it was released for the NES back in the 1980s. Maybe you remember playing it? The series has since continued and is currently up to Dragon Quest XI. This film pulls its story from Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride - the fifth instalment in the series, released on the Super Famicom in 1992 and re-released on the Nintendo DS in 2008. Featuring the voices of Kasumi Arimura, Kentaro Sakaguchi, Takeru Satoh, and Takayuki Yamada. Looks action-packed and wildly entertaining. As a fan of the old game, I can't help but be curious.
"I can honestly say I've never killed someone who didn't deserve it." Netflix has debuted an official trailer for an Italian crime drama titled The Ruthless, also known as Lo Spietato in Italian (which just translates to The Ruthless). Set in Milan in the 1980s, the film tells the story of a rebellious teen named Santo Russo who grows up to become one of the city's most ambitious criminals. Riccardo Scamarcio stars as Santo Russo, with a cast including Sara Serraiocco, Valentine Payen, Alessio Praticò, Marie-Ange Casta, Fulvio Milani, and Alessandro Tedeschi. This looks as intense and as brutal as you'd expect for another Italian mafia film, with some of the usual gritty touches. Those greedy mobsters always try to take too much.
"An exquisite hangout movie." The Cinema Guild has debuted an official US trailer for the film Grass, one of the latest works from prominent Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo. This originally premiered at the Berlin Film Festival last year, and also played at the Busan and New York Film Festivals last year, but is only now getting a release in US cinemas. Grass is Hong Sang-soo's fourth feature film over the last two years - following On the Beach at Night Alone, which also premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, as well as The Day After and Claire's Camera. This one, also shot in black & white, is about a young Korean woman, played by award-winning actress Kim Min-hee, who sits at a cafe in the corner writing on her laptop about people she sees around here and their interactions. Seems like a good time, offering some nice insight. It's only 68 minutes, a quick watch if you're curious about it. Though this is a strange trailer, as usual with Hong's films.
Get a first look at a trailer for the acclaimed Colombian thriller Monos, which played at both the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals to excellent reviews from critics all over. Monos is made by filmmaker Alejandro Landes, born in Brazil to Colombian & Ecuadorian parents, he infuses much of the social-political elements of those areas into the film. Monos is one of those beautifully strange, abstract films where this isn't any real explanation given, but you're compelled to follow along anyway. On a faraway mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted cow. Starring Moisés Arias, Julianne Nicholson, Sofía Buenaventura, Karen Quintero, Laura Castrillón, Deiby Rueda, Julián Giraldo, Paul Cubides, and Sneider Castro. It's one of the best I've seen out of the festivals this year, one of my favorites as well.
"Memories mix truth and lies… They appear and vanish before our eyes…" Kino Lorber has debuted an official US trailer for Bi Gan's fascinating Long Day's Journey Into Night, which first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year to a few glowing reviews. The film has earned most of its acclaim because it features a 50+ minute uncut, one-take 3D sequence at the end that is truly breathtaking and spectacular. It's hard to describe this film because it is so dream-like, especially that ending scene. The story is about a man who goes back to Guizhou, to track down a mysterious woman. He recalls the summer he spent with her 20 years ago. This stars Tang Wei, Sylvia Chang, Lee Hong-Chi, Zeng Meihuizi, and Huang Jue. The film became China's biggest arthouse hit of all-time, earning more than $40 million when it opened there. Now it's arriving in US theaters next month. If you love experimental cinema, you can't miss seeing this one.
"I always wanted to expose something hidden." The Cinema Guild has debuted an official US trailer for an acclaimed Chinese coming-of-age film titled Suburban Birds, the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Qiu Sheng. This premiered at the Locarno Film Festival last year, and is next playing at the prestigious New Directors/New Films festival in New York City later this month. The mysterious Suburban Birds is about an engineer sent to investigate a suburban area. After days of wandering around in the empty suburb looking for answers, Hao walks into a primary school where he finds a diary chronicling the story of a boy. As the investigation continues, he discovers that this diary might contain prophecies about his own life. Described as "'Stand By Me' meets Kafka's 'The Castle,'" the indie drama is "both a reflection on the slippery nature of memory as well as a comment on China's rapid urbanization that heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice." Starring Zihan Gong, Lu Huang, and Mason Lee. This looks like a real unique cinema discovery.
"Come to me." Doppelgänger Releasing has debuted a new official US trailer for the German horror thriller Hagazussa, set in the 15th century in Europe in a remote village in the Alps. Made by Austrian filmmaker Lukas Feigelfeld, this premiered at a number of major horror festivals in late 2017, but is just now making its way to American cinemas. Hagazussa is about an orphan woman named Albrun, played by Aleksandra Cwen, who begins to assert her otherworldly birthright as a marked woman. The plague she conjures makes human cruelty look pathetic and small by comparison. Described as "Germany's answer to The Witch that has stunning atmosphere mixed with brooding terror… Fans of slow-burn horror are going to want to settle in next to a crackling fire and let the story wash over them." The cast includes Claudia Martini, Tanja Petrovskij, Haymon Maria Buttinger, and Celina Peter. Check out this snowy, witchy thriller below.
"I don't talk to cops." "Without me, you're dead." Signature Ent. in the UK has debuted an official UK trailer for the crime thriller Close Enemies, also known as Frères Ennemis in French. Funded by Belgium and France, the film is about two childhood friends who ended up on opposite sides of society - one of them is now a cop, the other is working his way up in a crime syndicate. Matthias Schoenaerts plays Manuel, who "chose to embrace the thug life", while Reda Kateb plays Driss, who is now a top cop. When Manuel's biggest deal goes terribly wrong, the two men meet again and come to realize they both need each other to survive in their worlds. This premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year, and it also played at Fantastic Fest, so it definitely has some clout. It's a solid film but nothing new. The cast includes Adel Bencherif, Sofiane Zermani, Sabrina Ouazani, Gwendolyn Gourvenec, and Nicolas Giraud. It's worth a look.
"Out from here, away be gone." Arbelos Films has debuted a new trailer for the restored re-release of The Juniper Tree, a surrealist film from 1990 filmed in Iceland and made by filmmaker Nietzchka Keene. The film stars a young Björk (25 years old at the time) as a woman who flees her homeland in Iceland after her mother is killed for practicing witchcraft. Her older sister casts a spell on a farmer which makes him fall in love with her, but his son sees through her tricky plan. The full cast includes Bryndis Petra Bragadóttir, Valdimar Örn Flygenring, Guðrún Gísladóttir, and Geirlaug Sunna Þormar. This 4K restoration is from the Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research and The Film Foundation, with funding from the George Lucas Family Foundation. The Juniper Tree is described as a "potent allegory for misogyny and its attendant tragedies, [and] a major rediscovery for art house audiences." It seems very dreamlike and poetic.
"Making people happy like that… Inn work is amazing!" GKids has debuted a full-length official US trailer for the cute Japanese anime Okko's Inn, a charming film from famed anime studio Madhouse and director Kitaro Kosaka, who was a key animator for many classic films from Studio Ghibli. Okko's Inn is about a young girl who loses her parents in a car accident. She moves to the countryside with her grandmother who runs a traditional Japanese inn. While she prepares to be the next owner of the inn, Okko can somehow see friendly ghosts. This first premiered at the Annecy Festival last year. It "seamlessly blends immersive, idyllic landscapes with the storybook charm of Okko’s beloved ghosts. Okko's Inn delivers a rare ghost story that –despite several floating characters – is firmly grounded in the trials and joys of humanity." GKids will be playing both the English dub and the subtitled version in theaters for only one weekend in April coming up.